A team of criminals who work together to do their action is what Ocean’s franchise is all about. After getting several installments that feature Hollywood male heavy hitters like Brad Pitt, George Clooney or Mark Wahlberg, now we get the female version of the series called “Ocean’s 8”. Slated to be a massive success this summer, “Ocean’s 8” got a lot to fulfill as far as expectations go. Gary Ross who helmed this project as the director put together a slew of casts that blew us away when it was first announced. There are Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter. Sandra Bullock plays the role of Debbie Ocean, who was a convict of previous burglary that had served her sentence for five years and eight months. During her time in prison, she had been plotting a greatest heist of her career that would help her settle her life after prison. After she got out, she had to recruit eight specialists to steal a necklace worth 150 million dollars that was worn by actress Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) at MET Gala.
She reached out to her former partner in crime, Lou (Cate Blanchett) and together they seek out crews to smoothen their plan. The crew was made up of jeweler Amita (Mindy Kaling); street con Constance (Awkwafina); expert fence Tammy (Sarah Paulson); hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna); and fashion designer Rose Weil (Bonham Carter). This film is a feast for our eyes, we are able to see latest designers’ piece and how the entertainment industry works. The girls dressed to impress even though what they do is far from impressive. Combining A-listers into one movie is a huge task, and Gary Ross in this part is able to manage it well. No one is overshadowing the other, as we could also catch a glimpse of each characters’ past. Engaging with two big brands on fashion industry, Vogue and Cartier, we feel like watching the criminal side of “Devil Wears Prada”. The attention that the filmmakers put into the details is outstanding.
However, the plot feels predictable enough for those who have followed Ocean’s franchise religiously. There were some twists on the plot, but the twists themselves could not catch us unguarded. We hope to see more action packed scenes as it is deemed as a heist movie. If you love the amazing cast or a refreshing change from the male dominated Ocean’s franchise, then “Ocean’s 8” is the movie to watch this holiday. It is now screened nationwide across Indonesia.
Reviewer: Audy Prasetya/Editor: Novita Widia